Los Angeles: (AFP)
The American city of Los Angeles has finally had a museum entirely dedicated to the cinema that made it famous, a move that is timely for it, said actor Tom Hanks, Tuesday, while briefing the media on the contents of the Academy Awards Museum before it officially opens next week.
Although the city is home to Hollywood production companies and dozens of museums on everything from natural sciences to selfies, there is no museum dedicated to the seventh art in the city. After decades of delays, the Oscar Museum will open its doors to the public on September 30.
“Having a cinema museum in Los Angeles is important,” said Hanks, a two-Oscar winner and a member of the museum’s board of directors. “We all know that films are made all over the world, and they are fantastic,” he said. Other cities have cinema museums. But with all due respect to her, this museum set up in Los Angeles by the Oscar Academy is supposed to be in this field a parthenon of cinema,” referring to the Greek temple in Athens, which is considered one of the best examples of ancient Greek architecture.
The museum, located west of Los Angeles, will be the largest museum dedicated to cinema in North America. The museum was made possible thanks to about 390 million dollars donated by Hollywood institutions, including “Disney”, “Warner” and “Netflix”, and it was designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano, whose “Pompidou Center” in Paris is one of his most prominent works.
The building in which the museum was erected was originally a large department store in the 1930s, redesigned by architect Piano to house the main galleries of the museum, and to it was added a building in the form of a giant metal ball that appears to hover over the museum’s courtyard. This ball houses the 1,000-seat David Geffen Film Hall.
“Don’t call it the Black Star,” the 84-year-old engineer joked, referring to the “Star Wars” films, adding, “But call it a hard balloon (Zeppelin), an airship that takes you to another world.”
The museum provides the visitor with a broad overview of world cinema, from its beginnings at the end of the nineteenth century until today. Among his most prominent exhibits are Dracula’s costumes, the “Orcs” from the movie “Lord of the Rings”, the amphibian in “Sheep or Water” and the famous robots “C-3PO” and “R2-D2” from the “Star Wars” series.
Also in the museum is the Rosebud sled from the movie “Citizen Kane”, which is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of cinema. Only three sleds were made for the filming of this movie. Director Orson Welles was not satisfied with the first shot of the sledge burning in the cauldron, so he wanted to repeat this scene that constitutes the end of the film, so only the third version remains.
The space for temporary exhibitions will be inaugurated with works by the king of Japanese animation films Hayao Miyazaki, including a “tunnel of trees” inspired by his famous movie “My Neighbor Totoro,” which leads the visitor to flying palaces and other drawings.
“Through our galleries, we want to show the global diversity of cinematic creativity,” museum director Bill Kraemer told AFP.
Los Angeles: (AFP)